ETC.: Biffle has completed 97.8 percent (10,304) of 10,534 total laps contested in 21 career starts at Martinsville. His average start is 20.3 and average finish is a mediocre 20.8. Ironically, even with his bad showings at Martinsville, Biffle has zero DNF's there.
15 CLINT BOWYER, Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 8th, 57 points out of first place.
MARTINSVILLE RECORD: Finished second in the spring race for his third straight top-10 finish and fourth in the last five races.
LOOKING AHEAD: Bowyer said, "I love going to Martinsville. It's a great race track with a lot of history. Martinsville has been hosting races for over half a century and all the greats have raced there over the years. It really is a throwback in a lot of ways. It's a flat track like most of us grew up racing on. It's tight, flat and fenders definitely get used, it always puts on an exciting show for the fans and there isn't a bad seat in the house."
LOOKING BACK: Bowyer had high, high hopes for the weekend after winning two of the last six races at Talladega. But he was forced to settle for a tenth-place finish when the race turned into a single-file parade in the waning laps. "We had a fast 5-Hour Energy Toyota all weekend," said Bowyer. "We did our best to stay out of trouble and be as patient as we could, but in the end it just didn't work out like we thought it would. I thought for sure we would get a late caution, but everyone behaved themselves and it took us by surprise. It wasn't what we wanted for the day, but our car is one piece, I'm in one piece and we can move on to Martinsville."
ETC: Bowyer admits, "from where we are sitting it would take a lot of unbelievable good luck for us and unbelievably bad luck for a lot of real good drivers that don't often had bad luck (to win the championship) If we can win a race and get back into the top five from where we are right now that would be big for us to go into the offseason and get ready for 2014."
78 KURT BUSCH, Chevrolet
Team: Furniture Row Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 9th, 61 points out of first place. Lost two spots last week.
MARTINSVILLE RECORD: One win and four top-10 finishes in 26 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Busch said, "I love to hate Martinsville. It's been a tough race track for me. I've won there, but over the years I have had my struggles there. The good news heading into this weekend's race is that our Furniture Row Racing team tested at Martinsville and we came away feeling pretty good with what we learned."
LOOKING BACK: Busch finished 18th at Talladega. "Restrictor-plate racing is all about being in the right place at the right time," said Busch, who led twice for three laps. "We were in the right place for the majority of the race, but when it counted at the end we weren't there. I tried to make something happen, but couldn't get there. It's disappointing because our Wonder Bread Chevy was fast and to finish 18th didn't do us justice."
ETC.: In looking at the rest of the season, Busch said, "We have four (races) to go and want to make those our four best races of the season. We feel we can do that. We've got some good tracks coming up and we want to win at least one race before the year is over, and we want to finish as high as we can in the (point) standings."
99 CARL EDWARDS, Ford
Team: Roush Fenway Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 10th, 68 points out of first place.
MARTINSVILLE RECORD: Five top-10 finishes in 18 starts.
LOOKING AHEAD: Edwards will be running the same car this weekend that carried him to his second win of the season last month at Richmond. "Hopefully we can put together a good race in Martinsville," said Edwards. "I haven't been called 'curby" for a while (for hitting the curb in the corners), so I must be getting better there."
LOOKING BACK: With 20 laps to go, Edwards was battling Kyle Busch for the lead. But from that point on things didn't go as Edwards had envisioned as the three-wide racing suddenly turned into a single-file parade that left Edwards with no drafting partners. As a result, he was forced to be content with a 17th-place finish. "I thought we were in a really good spot and it just did not work out," said a dejected Edwards. "I tried my hardest and that is what we got."
ETC.: Edwards knows his chances of winning the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship are over, but he still wants to finish "as high in the standings as we can. We are only 16 points out of sixth so that is a realistic goal," said Edwards. "And we want to win another race or two before the year is over. We've got some good tracks coming up so we feel that, too, is a very realistic goal."
39 RYAN NEWMAN, Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas Racing
WHERE HE STANDS: 11th, 72 points out of first place. Gained one spot last week.